Schon: Another errant finger

Backup quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt learns the hard way, he has a lot of growing up to do.

What is it about Denver Broncos quarterbacks and obscene gestures?

First it was Jake Plummer who tossed out a single finger salute to a heckler following an interception against the Miami Dolphins, now it's the Broncos newest boy wonder, backup Bradlee Van_Pelt, slamming out a double digit gesture this weekend from the CSU sidelines while his former Alma Mater faced the University of Colorado Buffaloes.

Complicating matters was the fact that Van Pelt was sporting a gold T-shirt with an obscenity directed toward the Buffs, along with his uniform number 11 printed on it.

"It's a disgrace," John R. Wright, a longtime CU season-ticket holder, told the Rocky Mountain News.

"He stood up on the bench and flipped off the crowd where we were with both hands."

Now there's a Kodak moment for you.

How disjointed do you have to be to assume that splattering an F- bomb on the back of your garb and standing on the bench flipping off the fans directly behind you is even remotely close to acceptable?

Following a very humbling meeting with head coach Mike Shanahan, Van Pelt spent the majority of Monday apologizing to those unfortunate enough to be witness to his actions.

"I made a big mistake," Van Pelt admitted. "I think it's one of the few times in my life I truly am sorry. A classless decision. I have to represent the club better than that. I'd like to say I'm sorry to all my fans, people who have supported me, to CU fans for doing what I did."

"We don't do that here," Shanahan explained, using his best spin control. "He's young; he got caught up in the emotions. But he represents the organization, and we just don't do that."

"It won't happen again."

Undoubtedly Shanahan's right; other than Plummer and Van Pelt, there are no other quarterbacks on the Denver Broncos roster….

Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past nine years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio stations around the country.

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